With every second that passes history is being made and since the beginning of time humankind has sought to document words, events, and deeds so as not to forget the impact those happenings have had in shaping the future.
Wreaths Across America launched its inaugural Living History Project in December of 2016 with the support of stalwart volunteers who believe similarly as Col. Frank Blazich Jr. that "if you don't know where you've been then it's difficult to know where you're going."
In this video, the Chief Historian for the Civil Air Patrol, is seen in period attire on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 17, 2016, in Arlington National Cemetery, as were others who were engaged in bringing history to life by teaching visitors about their character's roles in shaping the nation.
"I feel so fortunate to know that men and women had come before us and laid down their lives for us and we wouldn't be here today if it were not for them," says Amber Ostrup, volunteer Chair of the Wreaths Across America Living History Committee. "Wreaths Across America remembers and honors with its annual remembrance wreath laying, and now we can teach through the Living History Project."
Wreaths Across America starts planning soon for the 2017 Living History Project and in the coming months we'll share more from our Living History volunteers. If you'd like to be part of our Living History Project you can visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/livinghistory
"We have a dedicated group of compassionate people who come together to help military veterans," Rebecca explains. "If someone reaches out to us and says 'hey we need help getting a veteran's roof shingled' then we try to get it done."
“Every year we have so many professional drivers, bikers, police officers and other first responders, ask us how they can get involved, even if they can’t transport wreaths,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America.
"There are a lot of similarities between the military and the trucking industry," Rob explains. "I think that's why you see a lot of veterans successful as truck drivers."
Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free is a dynamic and inspirational musical journey of the men and women who have fought the nation’s wars and how those same men and women, as veterans, have helped to shape the nation and its destiny.
"History can be studied in many ways, and it's important to do so for a contextual understanding of the journey taken by an individual, organization, or nation."
"It's heart-wrenching to see that and participate in that, Rick shares. "To see all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, and uncles waiting there to have a wreath to place on their family member's headstone, there are just no words for it, none."
"We're just Moms who serve through the organization to make sure that our children's names and lives are not forgotten."
From our standpoint, it's a relatively small thing to do, and we're proud to be a part of the mission."
"With NFI managing the logistics, the sky is the limit. They will help make the entire operation more efficient,” said Debbie Sparks, Director Corporate Development and Community Relations, Wreaths Across America.
Luann started her volunteer efforts with Wreaths Across America in 2015 after hearing about it from a friend who was participating with her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) group. She's working to sponsor wreaths to cover all of the known heroes laid to rest at Oaklawn.
"I always choose our drivers who are military veterans for these loads and they are proud and honored to have the opportunity to recognize our fallen heroes and their families."
In referencing the Wreaths Across America Stem to Stone Remembrance Tree program Roger spoke to the value and necessity of "planting seeds of patriotism" in younger generations.